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Casting Watch: Who Can Tame Hathaway in Screen Version of 'Taming of the Shrew'?

by Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
January 15, 2013 11:46 AM
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Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway is set to star in a screen adaptation of William Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew," with Abi Morgan ("The Hour," "The Iron Lady," "Shame") penning the script. It's good casting: who will play Petruchio, the man from Padua who smooths Kate's ruffled feathers?

Is Russell Crowe too old? It should be someone between 35 and 40, who can stand up to Hathaway, something Christian Bale barely accomplished in "The Dark Knight Rises." Bale's co-star Tom Hardy might be able to do it, as could his "Warrior" co-star Joel Edgerton or "Lawless" co-star Jason Clarke, Benedict "Sherlock" Cumberbatch (sexy enough?), James Purefoy ("Rome") or Luke Evans ("Tamara Drew"). The sexiest of them all is "Justified" star Timothy Olyphant. But they may not be bankable enough.

The adaptation will be a modern-day retelling of the original, set in mid-20th century Italy. Working Title and former Working Title executive Debra Hayward will produce.

This isn't the first time that "Shrew" has made its way to the big screenn (see video clips below). Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton starred in the 1967 hit "The Taming of the Shrew," directed by Franco Zefferelli, which Columbia marketed with the lines: "A motion picture for every man who ever gave the back of his hand to his beloved... and for every woman who deserved it. Which takes in a lot of people!" and "In the war between the sexes, there always comes a time for unconditional surrender."

The movie version of the 1948 Cole Porter Broadway musical "Kiss Me Kate" starred Kathryn Grayson, Howard Keel and Ann Miller. 1999's "Ten Things I Hate About You," starring Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger, is also a loose adaptation of Shakespeare.

Hathaway capped off a whirlwind 2012 with her Golden Globe win on Sunday night for the Supporting Role of Fantine in Tom Hooper's "Les Miserables." That win is likely to repeat on Oscar night in February. The actress also starred as Selina Kyle/Cat Woman in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises" this past summer. Hathaway's 2013 pipeline holds "Rio 2."


  • SP1234 | January 17, 2013 3:54 PMReply

    Hands down, Michael Fassbender. I don't know, with his schedule, if he could do it, but I could definately see him doing Shakespeare.

  • SP1234 | January 17, 2013 3:57 PM

    Or Richard Armitage, from The Hobbit.

  • Remy | January 15, 2013 5:06 PMReply

    Anyone but James Franco. Maybe Damian Lewis?

  • Frances Farmer | January 15, 2013 3:29 PMReply

    What about Jon Hamm ? He would be wonderful.

  • frances farmer | January 15, 2013 3:16 PMReply

    Interesting. Anne Hathaway did Shakespeare In The Park's Twelfth Night to rave reviews, so I can see her doing this. I didn't realize until you two mentioned that Christian Bale was not able to hold his own opposite Hathaway. That is completely accurate.

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